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    August 10, 2013
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>> axelrod: tonight, fire and water in the west. >> i watched the house go by. i watched cars go by. >> axelrod: flash floods and deadly mudslides sweep across colorado. why last year's wildfires bear much of the blame. the manhunt in the idaho wishes. carter evans tracks the search for a 16-year-old and her alleged kidnapper. president obama's plan to balance national security and privacy concerns. jeff pegues and major garrett report. and built for speed-- terrell brown shows us what science is learning about usain bolt, the fastest man alive. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening. i'm jim axelrod with a wtern edition of the broadcast. we begin tonight in colorado
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with a deadly mudslide. rescue crews recovered one body just west of colorado springs, and three others are missing after flash floods caused not just by heavy rains last night, but by forest fires last year. here's heather burke from our denver affiliate kcnc. >> reporter: the cleanup has begun at manitou springs, colorado. this restaurant was washed out by the water surge. farley mcdonough showed us where the flood line reached two feet. >> this is what all of the professionals have been telling us could happen so we've been work very hard to be ready but you can only be so ready when something like this happens. >> reporter: just an inch and a half of rain triggered the mudslides in an area scorched by wildfires last year. the dry soil is unable to absorb as much water as before. flash floods damaged dozens of homes and sent cars floating. a 53-year-old man drowned, buried under debris on a flooded
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highway. 5,000 people live in this tourist town at the foot of pike's peak, six miles west of colorado springs. mark snyder is the mayor. >> we didn't have a lot of warning last night. this really came upon us quickly. >> reporter: rescuers spent the day looking for three missing people, include one woman last seen clinging to a tree. with volunteers helping clean up the owners of this mountain cafe hope to be back to business before the summer ends. for cbs news, i'm heather burke nmanitou springs, colorado. >> axelrod: the storm is in the process of moving on drenching states in the east that are already waterlogged per for the latest we turn to meteorologist craig setzer-- the wfor in miami. who is likely to feel the effects of the storm system? >> it is a large swath through the midsection of the country, through the mid-atlantic states and the whole system is stalled over the areas so it means not much improvement any time soon.
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we have seen lines of storms from arkansas, to tennessee, ken tucket and east coast. because the system is not moving at all, it looks like more heavy rainfall is possible for many of the areas. the downpour potential, the potential for local flooding is high through arkansas, tennessee, kentucky, north carolina, as well as virginia. it looks like a serious case of the summer soggies through mump of the country. jim. >> axelrod: craig setzer, thank you so much. now to california where the silver fire east of los angeles is now nearly 50% contained. the fire still covers some 30 square miles, but many of the thousands of residents forced from their houses were allowed to go home today. a manhunt is under way tonight in the vast wilderness of central idaho. more than 200 federal agents are hunting for a man and the teenaged girl he allegedly kidnapped. carter evans has more. >> reporter: tonight, 40-year-old jamesly dimaggio,
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and the girl he may have kidnapped, 16-year-old hannah anderson is still missing somewhere in the idaho wilderness. there have been no new clues since authorities found dimaggio's car yesterday, nearly 1,000 miles from hannah's home near san diego. it was last sunday when police made a terrible discovery inside that home. they found the bodies of anderson's mother, kristina, and her eight-year-old brother, ethan. authorities say dimaggio killed them, then set fire to the house and fled with the teenaged girl. the incident triggered amber alerts throughout the west. on wednesday, a man on horseback apparently spotted the two not realizing who they were. he later told police the girl didn't look like she was in distress. san diego sheriff bill gore: >> i'm very confident, and i think we should all be optimistic that she appeared to be in somewhat good health and was alive on wednesday. >> reporter: but that was three days ago. the wilderness park is one of the largest in the country, at 3500 square miles. idaho authorities say dimaggio
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may have explosives with him, and know there's a risk in trying to take him down. >> our number one concern is finding hannah and bringing her home safely. but at the same time, we want to make sure that our crews are safe and that we don't create a bigger problem as we try to access this area. >> reporter: in san diego, hannah's father has pleaded all week to the man who had once been considered a good family friend. >> the damage is done. i'm begging you to let my daughter go. you've taken everything else. >> we love you! >> reporter: last night, at a vigil in the family's home town, hannah's friend, ashley smith, spoke directly to her. >> whenever you have the chance, take it. just get away from him. i'm not going to give up hope until i find her. >> reporter: carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> axelrod: president obama's calls for reformses to america's electronic surveillance program is sparking strong reaction. among his proposals, greater transparency in the programs. a new privacy advocate to offer an opposing voice before the
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secret intelligence court. and an independent review of surveillance by outside experts. jeff pegues has more on the president's plan, and its critics. >> reporter: it's right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives. >> reporter: the president's call for national security agency reforms comes as intelligence officials remain on high alert for terror attacks. mr. obama says his proposed changes should reassure a wary public about the scope of sweeping data collection while keeping the surveillance program intact. >> i understand the concerns of those who would worry that it could be subject to abuse. >> reporter: some in congress believe the move for transparency and balance will undermine undercover intelligence operations. house homeland security chairman peter king believes the current programs work just fine the way they are. in a statement released after the president's press conference, he accused mr. obama
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of making "a monumental failure in presidential war time leadership." the president's proposal would be the subject of intense debate when it reaches capitol hill. some republicans will oppose any change. police plil analyst alan lickman says the suggested reforms could backfire. >> surely if there's an attack, that's a significant attack on the u.s. and somehow even indirectly related to the reform of these programs, the president is going to come in for tremendous criticism. >> reporter: the senate intelligence committee has already announced it will undertake a major review of all data-collecting programs progran fall. jim. >> axelrod: jeff, thank you. the president arrived in martha's vineyard, massachusetts, late this afternoon, where he's beginning his summer vacation. white house correspondent major garrett joins us from martha's vineyard now. major, what's your read on the president's call for reforms? >> reporter: well, they're significant. and we're not clear that congress is going to embrace all of them, jim, but the president
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is, for the first time in the history of the u.s. presidency, asking for a greater degree of transparency and adversarial role within the process of approving government surveillance, either electronic or through computers, of americans who might be ensnared in some sort of counter-terrorism effort, meaning to stop it before it starts. the president is putting forth a commission to report back to him to put specific reforms to congress, among them, putting an adversary in the foreign intelligence surveillance court which almost always approves government requests for surveillance. for the first time a president with vast powers over the surveillance is saying,un what? there ought to be someone representing the point of views of privacy. that would be a significant change. for the first time eye president is saying he wants to move in that direction. >> axelrod: the criticism of the president that led him to act is really coming from an unfamiliar quarter, right? >> it's coming from the liberal wing of the democratic party. the republicans, generally speaking, are in favor of surveillance and given the president a lot of latitude.
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democrats have not. they believe he is more aggressive in computer surveillance than george bush. that's not what they voted for, and the president is responding to that pressure with this call for reform. >> axelrod: major garrett with the president in martha's vineyard, thank you. the state department says 18 diplomatic posts in the middle east closed all this week because of a terror threat will reopen tomorrow. the embassy in yemen will remain closed, as will the consulate in lahore, pakistan, closed this past thursday due to a separate thread. today marks the end of the bloodiest ramadan in iraq in years. there was a wave of car bombings that targeted cafes. this has been the deadliest ramadan in six years in iraq. russia's new law banning expressions of supports for gay rights continues to generate an international backlash. we saw that today in the streets of london where opponents targeted next year's winter
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olympics in russia. here's charlie d'agata. >> gay rights for russia! >> reporter: a progay rally like this outside downey street in london today would be outlaud on the streets of moscow, which is exactly why these demonstrators came to be heard. >> we're not going to be arrested. i wouldn't be allowed to walk down the street like this. unfortunately, they can't do the same in russia. >> reporter: they're among the growing number of protesters saying countries should pull out of rauch's winter olympics in condemnation of the country's new antigay laws. >> i think that the human rights abuses happening in russia are unacceptable. i believe personally that we should boycott the olympics or they should be moved to vancouver. >> reporter: the uproar is a backlash to vladimir putin's adoption of sweeping laws banning gay propaganda. critics say the measures effectively outlaw any expression of gay rights and encourages hate crimes against the gay and lesbian community. britain's prime minister david cameron immediately rejected
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calls fair boycott today, posting on twitter, "i believe we can better challenge prejudice as we attend rather than boycotting the winter olympics." president obama dismissed any idea of a boycott, too, saying it would only hurt u.s. athletes. >> we've got a bunch of americans out there who are training hard, who are doing everything they can to succeed. nobody is more offended of than me by some of the antigay and lesbian legislation that you've been seeing in russia. >> reporter: but the head of russian studies at london's chatham house, nirks said president putin won't take much notice of the criticism. >> so whatever obama says is, to a certain extent, water off a duck's back, in general to pint who has a fairly thick skin and to the russian as well. >> reporter: about the only people not protesting are the russians themselves, and not just because it's illegal, jim. not a single politician voted against the new antigay laws and
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a recent poll has shown that the vast majority of russians support them, too. >> axelrod: charlie d'agata reporting for us tonight from london. thank you. later, what the sale of the "washington post" means for the newspaper business. an early end to sexual harassment therapy for san diego's embattled mayor. and the search for answers in yesterday's deadly crash of a plane into homes in connecticut. those stories when the cbs evening news continues. >> axelrod: in connecticut,
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federal investigators are trying to learn why a private plane crashed into two homes near new haven yesterday. the wreck annual was so tangled that it took first responders hours to recover four bodies. don dahler has the latest. >> reporter: parts of the twin
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engine airplane remain visible in the charred wreck annual. inside one of the houses, the bodies of a 13-year-old girl and her one-year-old sister. the two other victims are the pilot, former mime mic rosoft executive bill henningsgaard, and his teenaged son, maxwell. this was henningsgaard's second aviation accident. he crash landed in the columbia river then. friday's accident occurred shortly before noon. >> a rush of air came down and i heard the ground shake and i heard the explosion. >> reporter: neighbors heard the girls' mother screaming for help but the intense flames forced rescuers back. >> it was smoke, like blue-flamed smoke coming from the pois house. and it's fear. >> reporter: this is one of a half accidents over the past two years in which a plane crashed into houses near the airport. kitty higgens is a former board pb with the n.t.s.b. >> in our cities the airports are close to populated areas, so
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it's important to have good communication with air traffic control to take the necessary precautions, but i don't think the airport per se or the location of the airport per se is the issue. >> reporter: but some east haven residents are having second thoughts. >> when i bought this house with this-- i said no, it will never happen. it happened. >> reporter: the other house hit was vacant at the time. according to relatives the henningsgaards were in the process of visiting a prospective colleges and were on their way to see yale university in new haven, connecticut. jim. >> axelrod: can new owner jeff bezos turn the "washington post" around? >> axelrod: the news this week
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that the founder of amazon, jeff bezos, is buying the "washington post" for $250 million has shaken up the media world.
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jeff bercovici is media and technology reporter for "forbes" and joins us now. jeff bezos is one of the great revolutionary thinkers of our time. what do you think his mind, being applied to the newspaper business, is likely to bring as far as results? >> i think innovation more than anything, a fresh way of thinking for a business that is pretty calcified and pretty dependent on its traditions. the newspaper business tend to do a lot of things just because it's always done them that way, and bezos is the opposite of that. >> axelrod: well, amazon, certainly changed the way consumers get products. so consumers of news, what might they be seeing once jeff bezos is sort of-- has his finger prints on the newspaper? >> he's always had a laser focus on the consumers' point of view and what the pain points are for them. i think we can expect to see him really streamline the experience of a subscribing to and reading a newspaper, kind of fix all the
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small things that make it annoying to subscribe to a news, especially around the process of paying for your subscription. >> axelrod: so maybe not so much the content but how you access the content. >> i think the content, too. i think there's a lot of opportunity-- the content consumption experience i think can be improved in a lot of small waishz the way he has with amazon. >> axelrod: $250 million is sort of small change when you're worth $25 billion, but, obviously, he's going to want to make a profit, no? >> he hasn't really been preoccupied with profit. in fact that's one of the things that distinguished him over the years with amwhereon swron. what he's going to want to do is create value, create long-term value. that's one of the things he has more in common with warren buffet as a business owner that caused buffet to sign off as basisose as a good steward for the paper. >> axelrod: and we'll probably see a lot less paper.
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jeff bercovici, thank you for joining us. a narrow escape in a california parking lot. that story is just ahead.
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bob filner completed his therapy for sexual harassment today, and he did it quickly finishing what was supposed to be a two-week course in less than a week. while away, the locks on the mayor's office were changed for security, says his staff. at least 14 women have said they were sexually harassed. the entire city council has demanded the mayor resign. we have a very close call to show you from california. watch this surveillance video. three men drove up to a convenience store, got out, and then seconds later, another vehicle slammed into their car. the driver of that speeding car was hospitalized. the other three men were fine.
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and in the town of wirthing on the southern coast of england, the annual international bird man competition lifted off today. competitors are spending the weekend launching themselves from a pier hoping to make leonardo da vinci's dream of human-powered flight come true request way they can. what makes usain bolt the fastest man on earth? what science has to say about that next. >> axelrod: at the world track
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and field championships in moscow today, usain bolt qualifieded for the finals in the 100 meter dash tomorrow. once again jogging across the finish line and making it all look so unbelievably easy. of course, looks can be deceiving, and scientists are notice analyzing every step of the fastest man in the world hoping to unlock the secrets of his performance. here's terrell brown.
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>> reporter: usain bolt is one of the most gifted athletes in the world. the six-time olympic gold medalist has shattered world records in both the 100 and 200 meter races. >> i was given the gift, and that's what i do. >> reporter: at the university of virginia speed clinic, max pro copy studies what makes elite runners like bolt so fast. >> he has been able to marry tremendous genetic advantages with a son of practice and work ethic. >> reporter: scientists who study speed say that when he races, bolt's foot explodes off the ground with more than 1,000 pounds of force compared to the 500 pounds of an average person. it's like the difference between bouncing a beach ball and a superball. the beach ball states on the ground longer and doesn't bounce as high. bolt's foot is more like a superball, which hits the ground harder and springs off faster. but bolt has other advantages. at 6'5", he's taller than most of his competitors, and his strides are nearly eight inches longer.
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when bolt set the world record in the 100 meter dash in 2009, he took only 41 steps. his closest competitors each took 44. penn state associate professor stephen piazza. >> his stride frequency is about the same as his competitors but his stride length is about 7% longer and that is what allows him to run the 100 meters as a matter of fact he's able to. >> i want to try to run fast, and also give my-- defend my title, so that's the aim and that's my focus. >> reporter: bolt will get that chance tomorrow as he races to maintain his legacy as the world's fastest man. terrell brown, cbs news, new york. >> axelrod: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. later on cbs, two editions of "48 hours." for now, i'm jim axelrod in new york. for all of us here at cbs news, thanks for joining us. and good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captione
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>> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald good evening, i'm juliette goodrich. ann notarangelo is off tonight. breaking news on the search for a missing san diego county girl. >> well, we're -- the first thing is we're elat